A hot North Carolina summer. A small Southern town rife with secrets. A burned-out cop and a beautiful ex-con determined to find her husband's killer. When Kathryn McAllister is released from prison, she returns to Elba, North Carolina, and sets out to track down whoever really killed Michael McAllister. She isn't exactly welcomed with open arms. Michael was the town's fair-haired child, and the citizens of Elba aren't happy about having a convicted murderer in their midst. Not even one whose sentence was overturned. But Kat is determined to find out the truth.
Which is where police chief Nick DeSalvo comes in. Nick, a recently transplanted Northerner, is jaded and world-weary. He's seen it all, and in his job as a New York City cop, nobody was ever guilty of anything. So why should he believe the lovely young widow when she says she was set up? Kathryn McAllister might have great legs, but she's a thorn in Nick DeSalvo's side, and he has no intention of helping her.
Until the file on the McAllister homicide turns up missing, and a series of incidents convinces Nick that Kat is telling the truth. As they explore the town's dark underbelly, unaware that a killer is watching their every move, the passion between them flares and ignites. Somewhere in the midst of that tangled web of secrecy and deceit lies the truth. But will they find it before it's too late?